In hot weather, check the pavement: if it's too hot on your hand, it's too hot on your dog's feet. In cold weather, limit your time outside and consider buying a sweater for your pup. In either type of weather, if your dog is shivering or panting excessively, take them home right away.
2. Make sure you have the right leash.
The leash you use should be appropriate for your dog's size and strength, and should not have any rips or fraying spots that might cause it to break. We don't recommend using retractable leashes, as the locks are often unreliable and can come un-locked unexpectedly! (Our Glow In The Dark LED Safety Leash is a great option if you're looking for a new leash.)
3. Bring snacks...and water!
It's always a good idea to have a few snacks in your pocket in case your pet needs an extra incentive to get home. And even more important than snacks is water, since you don't want your dog to become dehydrated or overheated. This EZ-Use Dog Water Bottle is a great way to make sure you always have water when your pup gets thirsty!
4. Does your dog have ID?
They should! A high-quality ID with your dog's name and your phone number, like our LostProtection™ Personalized Stainless Steel Dog Tag, could make the critical difference if your dog ever runs away or gets left behind (although we hope this never happens). Many dog owners also get their pooch fitted with a microchip for extra protection.
5. Stay visible to drivers.
The most important step you can take to protect you and your pup is to make sure that drivers can see you. This is important even when you're taking your dog out for an afternoon walk -- it can get dark quickly! We have several great products that'll make your dog visible in the dark, and the Reflective Dog Safety Vest is one of our favorites.
The Dog Pawty Team 🐶
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